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African American Knowledge Community Awards 2018

 We are seeking nominations for the following AAKC awards:

o   “Umoja” Award for Graduate Students

o   “Kuumba” Award for New Professionals

o   “Nia” Award for Mid-Level Professionals

o    “Sankofa” Award for Senior Student Affairs Officers

AAKC Awards

“Umoja” Award for Graduate Students

This award is presented to an exemplary graduate student in student affairs and services. This individual is a rising young professional who continuously seeks to integrate their research and practice with the needs of the African population. The graduate student nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the award, Umoja: the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Kuumba” Award for New Professionals

This award is presented to an exemplary new professional in student affairs and services. This NASPA member has worked 1-4 years in the student affairs field and has contributed in various ways to the student culture on campus and the African American Knowledge Community. The new professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the Kuumba: Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

“Nia"  Award for Mid-Level Professionals

This award is presented to an exemplary mid-level professional in student affairs and services. Mid-level professionals have a minimum of 5 years full-time experience in the student affairs field. This NASPA member has been involved with the organization for a number of years, has been actively involved with African American Knowledge Community. The Mid- Level professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of Nia: Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Sankofa Award for Senior Student Affairs Officer

This award is presented to a Senior Student Affairs Officer that has provided the support and commitment to the African American Knowledge Community. This NASPA member has provided leadership and guidance to African Americans in higher education. The Senior Student Affairs Officer nominated for this award should demonstrates the meaning of Sankofa, “teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.”

  To nominate someone for an award, please submit one letter of recommendation along with the nominee’s current resume or CV to: [email protected] by Thursday  November 2, 2017. 

African American Best Practices Spotlight Series

The NASPA African-American Knowledge Community (AAKC) Spotlight Series is designed to recognize student affairs best practices related to African American student, practitioner, and administrator issues. Best practice programs and initiatives will be recognized through various AAKC communication mediums (quarterly newsletter, blog, social networking pages).

Selected submissions for this quarter will be recognized at AAKC NASPA 2017 Business Meeting/Award Ceremony.

The nominee(s) will be qualified through the criteria below. The AAKC Spotlight Series Coordinator and sub-committee will evaluate the quality of submissions for publication. Submission details are below:

  • Submit a short program description, no longer than 500 words, describing the program or initiative
    • Full name, title, institution/organization, phone number, and email o Comprehensive synopsis of the event program to be highlighted o Positive impact made on the campus (# of attendees or individuals affected)
    • Share any data or learning outcomes that support the program/event’s success
    • How does the program support or contribute to NASPA’s organizational goals
    • Demonstration of creativity and innovation in campus programming
  • Deadline for submission: Friday, February 24, 2017 by 11:59pm
  • Email submissions or further questions should be sent to  [email protected] 

Please find past spotlights below:

African American Knowledge Community Public Policy Briefs

 The African American Knowledge Community produces public policy briefs on issues impacting the African American experience in Higher Education. Please contact the [email protected] for more information and/or if you are interested in writing a public policy brief.

African American Knowledge Community Webinars

The African American Knowledge Community sponsors two webinars every year focused on issues impacting the African American experience in higher education. On February 6, 2013, we co-sponsored "Looking Beyond Latinos: The True Face of Undocumented Students" webinar with the Latino Knowledge Community. In 2014, the AAKC sponsored  a "State of the African American Professional" webinar on February 12, 2014 and "State of the African American Student" webinar in May 2014.